Functional lymphatic anatomy for sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer: echoes from the past and the periareolar blue method.

@article{Borgstein2000FunctionalLA,
  title={Functional lymphatic anatomy for sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer: echoes from the past and the periareolar blue method.},
  author={Paul J. Borgstein and Sybren Meijer and Rik J. Pijpers and Paul J van Diest},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={2000},
  volume={232 1},
  pages={81-9}
}
OBJECTIVE To simplify and improve the technique of axillary sentinel node biopsy, based on a concept of functional lymphatic anatomy of the breast. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Because of their common origin, the mammary gland and its skin envelope share the same lymph drainage pathways. The breast is essentially a single unit and has a specialized lymphatic system with preferential drainage, through select channels, to designated (sentinel) lymph nodes in the lower axilla. METHODS These… CONTINUE READING
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